Smalt
~Shell~ 
Greenleaf & Blueberry Artisanal Handmade Watercolors

 

Color Name: Smalt
Pigment: Smalt
Color Index No.: PB32

Description:  A luminous velvety blue.  Moderate to larger particle size and low to moderate tinting strength.  The intensity builds with the applications of layers.  Similar in hue to Ultramarine Blue, but with entirely different behavior and characteristics.

Smalt is the oldest known man-made pigment, able to be traced back to use in ancient Egypt.  It is made from a blue glass colored with Cobalt.  Cobalt is a hazard if inhaled or ingested.  If used as intended as watercolor, you should have no problems.  But I would like to remind you that our colors are not designed for children.

 

 

 

 

For our Shell Pans, we use natural seashells, nature's answer to the pan.  They are lightweight and durable, though have a greater chance of chipping if used roughly.
Our Shells, being a product of nature, vary in size, but usually measure between 1.5-1.75cm

Our Shells are roughly equivalent to 1/5th of a Half-Pan.  Shells are a traditional and historical method of storing color.  Cave artists and medieval manuscript illuminators alike chose to store their paints in shells.  Our Shells are small enough to help even the most extreme minimalist justify carrying along a dab of color.  Another reason that we developed this option is as a way for you to sample our more rare and expensive colors in a more affordable format.

 

 

Further information about our watercolor paints is available here.

Please be aware that every monitor and screen displays colors a little differently.  We have done our very best to show our colors as they appear in your hand.

**Please Note**: These colors are NOT intended for children. Half-Pans are small and therefore a choking hazard. Please use only as intended.
 
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